Nighthawk boys basketball off to good start

Hettinger-Scranton’s boy’s basketball team is off to a good start as they picked up two wins in the Linton Shootout. Hettinger/ Scranton opened up with Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter (NGS) and recorded a 57-41 win. NGS was a good team to open up with since they are not expected to do that well this season as they went 4-15 last season.By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For the Record

The second game was a different story as Linton-HMB came into the game rated number one in Region 3 and seventh overall in the state according to “The Boys Hoopster”. Linton- HMB finished last year with a 21-6 record, first in their region and fourth at the State Class B Tournament.

Coach Jeremy Dietchman had the following comments on the Linton game: “The game on Saturday was a very good team defensive effort. We gave the kids a scouting report and they executed it. We attacked them, shooting 19-26 from the free throw line compared to Linton’s 9-14. Our defense held them to 18-51 in field goal attempts including 1-12 from the 3 point line.

We got contributions from everyone on our team as they did what they had to do to make the team successful. They did a very good job of pressuring the basketball and were able to create 14 turnovers leading to 17 points for us in transition, said Deitchman. “Hayden Sadowsky paced us in scoring with 29 and the Kludt brothers, Isaiah and Sam, each had nine, Tanner Sanford had 6 and Damon Mellmer and Brandon Pierce chipped in with five a piece. Sanford and Pierce helped us on the glass with six rebounds each. Sadowsky, S. Kludt, I. Kludt and Sanford each had multiple steals.”

Pierce tallied 25 in the NGS game for the Nighthawks followed by Sadowsky’s 17. The junior varsity also picked up two wins this weekend. They downed NGS by 21 points and a 32 point win against Linton- HMB. Against Linton, Thomas Maychrzak had 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Jordan Dilse, Tate Resner and Carson Schalesky all were in double figures with 16, 13 and 10 respectively.

Against Napoleon the JV had a balanced scoring attack with Jordan Dilse leading the way with 13, Ethan Dupper with nine and Jarad Mattis with eight. Schalesky and Dilse had nine and eight rebounds respectively. The Nighthawks followed those two wins by recording an astounding 82-28 win over Grant County on Dec. 13. The half time score was 54-12. Sadowsky paced the scoring with 29 including six 3-pointers, and Pierce added 16.

The Nighthawk defense caused 34 Grant County turnovers while the Hettinger/ Scranton only had 10.